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Europa2 Editor's Review

Overview

A brand new build in 2012, Hapag Lloyd took over in April 2013. Eight restaurants, pool and spa.

Best For People Who Want

A luxury cruise aimed primarily at the German speaking market

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

 

Multi-lingual or English speaking mainstream cruise ships with big shows and a focus on tropical cruises.

 

Onboard Experience

 

Food onboard is supervised by Germany's three-star Michelin chef, Dieter Muller, is one of the best -- perhaps the best at sea.

Enrichment lectures in both German and English.

Entertainment that focuses on classical music and theater.

Decor

The interior concept follows current design trends and is a successful mixture of casual and stylish ambience with state-of-the-art technology. Hardly any other ship offers more space per guest as EUROPA 2 since, after all is said and done, well-being is also measured in square metres. For this reason it goes without saying that all the suites on board EUROPA 2 have a spacious veranda.

Life on board sets its own standards: more lifestyle and less cruise rituals contribute towards a more informal atmosphere. The low number of passengers of max. 516 guests and the crew/guest ratio that exceeds this figure ensure that exclusiveness and relaxation are guaranteed from the very first moment onwards.

Cuisine

When you think of an excellent dinner on the high sea, you usually imagine a formal atmosphere and evening wear. On the EUROPA 2 this idea has, however, been re-interpreted. The basic concept of the exquisite restaurants on board is pleasantly relaxed. No strict meal times, casual, but at the same time with its own style. And culinary delights of the best standard with lots of variety. From modern, sophisticated cuisine to multifaceted Asian highlights. Sometimes opulent, sometimes cuisine legere, sometimes fresh from the grill, sometimes rustically inspired. The stylish ambience of the eight restaurants will fulfil your most delightful expectations.

Restaurants

Restaurant Weltmeere The largest restaurant on board is the Restaurant Weltmeere, which is located at the stern of the ship and is characterised by its spacious room concept. Design elements discreetly emphasise the features of the circular room – a successful balance between openness and cosiness. Here, our galley crew will give you their undivided attention. The culinary delights served range from international cuisine to vegetarian menus that are constantly changing and ensure newly interpreted surprises. Restaurant Tarragon The Tarragon with its dark pillars and benches upholstered in green is reminiscent of a charming brasserie in Paris. Here, a breath of Francophile savoir-vivre is in the air while French-oriented cuisine is served that is simple but refined in equal measure. Restaurant Elements The atmosphere in the Asian Restaurant Elements is inspired by the lifestyle of the eastern regions, a symbiosis of foreign cultures. Enjoy the great cuisines of Asia - traditional Chinese in accordance with the teachings of five-element cooking, fiery hot and light or unique; in any case fresh, exotic, easily digestible and always artistically arranged. Restaurant Serenissima The purist, elegant interior of the Serenissima Restaurant reflects the quality of the Italian cuisine: everything superfluous has been left away, the focus is on enjoyment. From antipasti to espresso – indulging like the Italians is a fine art. And the chefs of the Serenissima succeed in enchanting their guests with classical dishes and exciting interpretations of one of the most popular cuisines in the world time and time again. Treat your palate to Ligurian or Neapolitan delicacies in an absolutely top-class environment. Yacht Club Restaurant In the open Yacht Club Restaurant the sea breeze unites with the fine aroma of freshly prepared delicacies from the open cooking stations. What can the chef de cuisine recommend today? A view of the far horizon in any case, combined with delicious grilled specialities and culinary highlights from the buffet. In the Yacht Club Restaurant you can compile your menu yourself – exactly to suit your taste – and if you wish, you can enjoy all this in the open air. Sushi Restaurant Sakura The Sushi Restaurant Sakura awaits its guests with modern design and imperial touches. Here, the sushi master will prepare excellent nigiris, makis, sashimis, Californian-style inside-out rolls and delicious fish specialities. Speisezimmer Would you like to dine in a private atmosphere on the EUROPA 2 or celebrate a special occasion in fitting style with friends or family? Our recommendation - the Dining Room (available at a surcharge) with a maritime atmosphere offers you the appropriate surroundings. In addition, occasional receptions by invitation of our officers are held here, too.

Service

 

The low number of passengers of max. 516 guests and the crew/guest ratio that exceeds this figure ensure that exclusiveness and relaxation are guaranteed from the very first moment onwards.
Tipping

Included in the cruise fare

Entertainment

 

Famous guest artists and stage shows that are produced by renowned producers, directors and choreographers exclusively for the EUROPA 2. State-of-the-art stage technology, a huge LED screen.
 
Pop, swing & dance, Latin, soul & jazz, singer/songwriter or classical music – the company claims all artists are some of the best in their class whether they write books, stand in front of the camera or behind the microphone. Names include: Michael Nagy and Viktoria Tolstoy, suspenseful readings with Donna Leon, amusing diversion with Cordula Stratmann and exclusive concerts by Kim Wilde and Nils Wülker.
 
The on-board band repertoire ranges from jazz to pop. Enjoy the talents of reputable musicians in the Jazz Club, from soul via jazz to Latin-American rhythms, or listen to demanding readings by famous actors and actresses as well as authors. Celebrate stylish party nights in the Sansibar or on the pool deck, or daydream while listening to the soft piano-playing in the Atrium. Look forward to unforgettable cinema evenings in the on-board 3D cinema and in the open air or let yourself be inspired by indulgent cookery courses in the cookery school with starred chefs. Attend the previews of exhibitions of contemporary artists on board, or train your laughing muscles with entertaining but intelligent comedy programmes.
 
And with the entertainment concept of the EUROPA 2 you can also enjoy every freedom with regard to the planning of your individual daytime or evening programme. Because the diverse and entertaining events sometimes start at staggered times, thus enabling you to decide for yourself when your evening begins or how long you wish to indulge in the delicacies of the gourmet cuisine. You know that an unforgettable experience is always waiting for you on the ship.
 
 
 
The EUROPA 2 Cooking School*
 
Gourmets can hone their cooking skills on the EUROPA 2 under the guidance of our Tarragon chef. The classroom corresponds to the level of the skill being taught there: The chefs will entertain you in the kitchen of the EUROPA 2 equipped with high-quality MIELE appliances as they teach you how to conjure up cuisine and creatively present it on the table. Devote yourself to the fascinating topic of culinary enjoyment in complete calm on the EUROPA 2.
 
Cabins

 

No matter which type of suite you choose, your personal domicile at sea offers you many amenities:
Ample space for your personal freedom.
All verandas are at least 7 m² in size and offer breathtaking ocean views.
Suite sizes from comfortable 28 m² to exclusive 99 m².
An optically separate and inviting living area.
Well-conceived, top-quality fittings to enhance your well-being.
High-class contemporary art.
24-hour suite service.
Champagne to welcome you to your suite.
State-of-the-art technology – flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, tablet PC and portable telephones.
A Nespresso machine – for your first coffee of the morning.
 
Fitness/Spa

 

Whether massage or manicure –  treatments is carried out by professional hands. Lomi Lomi, Pantai Luar and Abhyanga are but three of the numerous beneficial massage treatments offered in the OCEAN SPA including treatments developed specifically for the requirements of men’s demanding skin. Our own hairdressing facility on board also ensures that you feel comfortable from head to foot!

The principle of the sweat lodge has been known since ancient times. On the EUROPA 2 you can choose between four different saunas, a whirlpool, a Kneipp pool and an ice fountain. The possibilities range from a low-temperature herbal sauna via an organic sauna with temperatures of 50 – 60 °C and the Finnish sauna in which temperatures of up to 90 °C can be reached to the steam bath with a humidity of up to 100%. 

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